12 Jun 2015 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - Three men accused of killing the owner of HAMS Security company during an armed robbery in Windhoek will hear their fate next month when the High Court hands down judgment on the matter.
High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, who is presiding over the trial, was scheduled to deliver her judgment on the matter on Friday, but she could not do so due to other official commitments.
In the result, the case was postponed to 07 July this year for the handing down of the verdict.
The trio - Otjiwarongo resident Fillipus Shishiveni Nomongula, 32; Willem Kawulefelwa Valombola, 38; and Toivo Kashipolo, 31; each face six charges in connection with the death of Andries de Jager, the owner of HAMS Security company.
De Jager was fatally shot during an alleged armed robbery along Iscor Street in the Northern Industrial Area on 02 November 2009.
The three accused denied their involvement in the matter when they each entered not guilty pleas to a count of murder; robbery with aggravating circumstances; attempted murder; discharge of a firearm in a public place; and illegal possession of a firearm (.38 special revolver) without having a valid licence to possess such a firearm; as well as illegal possession of various unspecified amounts of ammunition without having firearms capable of firing such ammunition.
They entered their pleas in accordance with the instructions of their Government-sponsored defence lawyers Christian Nambahu, Petrus Elago and Monty Karuaihe at the start of their trial on 07 October 2013.
Valombola is free on bail, while Kashipolo and Nomongula were again on Friday remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility's holding cells.
According to evidence presented during the trial, De Jager, 68, was allegedly shot when he and one of his security guards were attacked by three robbers upon their return from a bank, where they had gone to collect money to pay the wages of HAMS Security employees.
An amount of N.dollars 172 488.10 was allegedly stolen from the two.
Thereafter, a shoot-out ensued between the robbers and the security guard, and one of the alleged robbers was wounded in the process.
The one suspected robber was arrested at the scene, and the stolen cash was recovered by the Namibia Police Forces (NamPol) Serious Crime Unit who had rushed to the scene that day.
The three Windhoek-based defence lawyers - Nambahu, Elago and Karuaihe - are defending the three accused on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu is appearing for the prosecution.